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S E C T I O N 2 Cover Story Shirley Temple, who started her acting career at age 3, ruled the movie box office in the 1930s. S hirley Temple Black was much more than an internationally known child star who ruled the movie box office in the 1930s. She was a Woodside neighbor for more than 50 years and was active in local community service prior to embarking on a long diplomatic career. “Shirley Temple Black lived in my neighborhood, just up the hill from me,” said Councilwoman Anne Kasten during a tribute for Ms. Black at the Woodside Town Council meeting on Feb. 11, the day after Ms. Black died at age 85. “When she came to our gatherings (in the neighborhood), everyone stood up a little bit straighter and behaved themselves a little better.” Ms. Kasten pointed to Ms. Black’s many achievements, which included serving as president of the Commonwealth Club of California and later as ambassador to Czechoslovakia when the Soviet Union broke up. “She handled it with fabulous diplomacy and grace. I know she has More than a star After she left Hollywood, Shirely Temple Black shined as diplomat, active community member By Almanac Staff inspired a lot of women.” In 1972, Ms. Black openly shared the news of her mastectomy, which led to a broader public discussion of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment. “When she started taking that on … that takes a lot of dignity and courage and tenacity,” Ms. Kasten said. “She wasn’t just an entertainer or a politician. She was a human being who cared about other people.” “I feel like we’ve really lost a marker in my neighborhood and we were extremely lucky to have her living here.” Surrounded by family members, Ms. Black died peacefully at home of natural causes, the family said. “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black,” the family said in a statement. Shirley Temple started her acting career at age 3 and starred in such hits as “Stand Up and Cheer” and “The Little Colonel.” She had met Mr. Black in 1950 when she was vacationing in Honolulu. A party was given in her honor and Mr. Black, a handsome young bachelor, was invited. He surfed every night after work and told the hostess he wouldn’t come to the party if the surf was up. “We would never have met if the surfing was good that day,” Ms. Black said. The couple was married See page 19 February 19, 2014 NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN17

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